The funeral of a Walsall war hero who died fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan has been held in his home town.
Corporal Jonathan Horne received a funeral with full military honours at St Gabriel’s Church in Walstead Road, Walsall.
Cpl Horne, whose daughter Jessica was born three months ago, was killed in action on the morning of July 10 by a blast from an improvised explosive device in Sangin, Helmand Province, on the day before his 28th birthday.
He was one of five members of the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles (2 rifles) to be killed during a foot patrol.
The private funeral was relayed by a public address system outside the church, followed by a service at Streetly Crematorium, with a 21-gun salute in honour of the fallen rifleman.
Cpl Horne, a former Joseph Leckie pupil who grew up in the Delves area of Walsall, leaves behind his widow Rachel, and nine-year-old daughter Frankie from a previous relationship.
Rachel, 25, described him at the time of his death as “the most caring, thoughtful, funniest, loving and generous person I have ever known.”
The couple were married at the same church in 2007 and Cpl Horne had been christened there.
He had joined the 1st Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets, in July 2004.
He served with distinction both as a Green Jacket and as a member of the Rifles in Iraq between 2006 and 2008, where he was wounded in action, and on a number of peacekeeping operations in Kosovo in 2008.
Lieutenant Colonel Rob Thomson MBE, commanding officer of 2 rifles, described Cpl Horne as “one of a generation of rising stars in my corporals’ mess.”
Captain Edward Poynter, operation officer of C Company, 2 rifles, praised the rifleman’s “constant cheeriness and ‘can-do’ attitude”.